Trump assures supporters jabs are safe

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Former president Donald Trump has again urged people to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying he would recommend vaccination to "a lot of people that don't want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me."

In an interview on Tuesday night on Fox News, Trump acknowledged that people were free to decide for themselves whether they would be vaccinated against COVID-19.

"We have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works," he said.

Republican opposition to receiving the vaccine is strong.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research found that 42 per cent of Republicans say they probably or definitely will not get the shot, compared with 17 per cent of Democrats - a 25-point split.

Trump has promoted vaccination before. When he appeared on February 28 at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, he said, "Everybody, go get your shot."